Innovation in Chinese Medicine

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Elisabeth Hsu
Cambridge University Press, Sep 27, 2001 - History - 426 pages
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In a series of pioneering case-studies, twelve contributors, from a range of disciplines, explore the history of Chinese medicine and the transformations that have taken place from the fourth century BC to the present day. Topics of discussion include diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, pharmacotherapy, the creation of new genres of medical writing and schools of doctrine. Given the growing interest in Chinese medicine, the volume promises to make a valuable and innovative contribution. Its interdisciplinarity, a hallmark of the field, will ensure a wide readership amo ngst scholars and practitioners.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Mai and qi in the Western Han
13
The influence of nurturing life culture on the development of Western
19
how mai and ?determine bing
51
Correlative cosmologies
93
latromancy diagnosis and prognosis in Early Chinese medicine
99
The system of the five circulatory phases and the six seasonal influences
121
Dietetics and pharmacotherapy
167
The canons revisited in Late Imperial China
215
an innovation in natural history?
221
the nineteenth
262
Medical case histories
293
the modernisation
324
Medical rationale in the Peoples Republic
337
civil war
343
two case studies from contemporary China
370

Dietetics in Tang China and the first extant works ofmateria dietetica
173
some remarks on the use of white
192

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About the author (2001)

Elisabeth Hsu is Reader in Social Anthropology, Convenor of the Masters courses in Medical Anthropology at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Oxford, and Fellow of Green College. Her current research on Chinese medicine explores themes of touch, pain and feelings.


Chris Low, a postdoctorate at Oxford, holds an ESRC Research Fellowship and is currently involved with research on the changing relationships between animals, Bushmen, and Bushman medicine.

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